Manufacturer Maps, GunsAmerica Maps, Editorial Maps
Customer Connect Maps can appear on manufacturer websites, GunsAmerica or GunsAmerica Editorial reviews. Which map your store appears on depends on the Dealer Advertising Package you have selected.
Manufacturers spend millions of dollars on marketing to bring customers to their websites. Until now, they have not had a way to connect them to Gun Shops in the buyers’ area that have the item in stock or can get it for them. Partner Connect and Customer Connect Maps solves the problem by matching your inventory to what the buyer is looking at. To appear on the map, you must have the item in stock or be able to get it from distribution so that there is a match. The more items you have posted, the more buyers you attract to your store.
All sales that take place from manufacturers maps within 50 miles of your zip code are absolutely free. Some manufacturers have chosen to expose dealers beyond the 50-mile radius from the buyer. In those cases, you are charged an after-sale fee if the buyer is more than 50 miles from you.
Each month millions of buyers come to GunsAmerica as they search for their next firearm purchase. In most cases, GunsAmerica has more buyers looking for a manufacturer’s item than the manufacturer does on their own website. You can bring these buyers into your store when you have what they are searching for and are using the Customer Connect Maps.
GunsAmerica Editorial Maps
Every week GunsAmerica reviews several guns on the GunsAmerica News & Reviews website and sends the articles to over 850,000 people who subscribe to the GunsAmerica Digest, our digital newsletter, that goes out every Monday and Friday. Many of these reviews have the Customer Connect Map included so readers can find the item at their local Gun Shop. When you use Customer Connect Dealer Advertising your store appears on these maps if you have the item or can get it.
Every Tuesday GunsAmerica sends out a Dealer Alert Newsletter that tells you what guns are being reviewed so that you can be sure that you have them in stock and posted so you appear on the map.
Compare Customer Connect Dealer Advertising Packages
Partner Connect or Customer Connect, Which One is Right for You?
Partner Connect maps only appear on the manufacturers’ websites. Customer Connect Maps appear on manufacturers’ websites AND GunsAmerica AND GunsAmerica Editorial maps.
Partner Connect is free to Gun Shops that have a code from the manufacturer. As codes are added, they are sent to dealers in the Dealer Alert emails. Manufacturers can also provide them to you by request or through their reps and sales people.
Customer Connect or Premium Connect?
The Connect options are Dealer Advertising programs that you can add to your account. They work with Free Basic Seller and Trusted Seller accounts. Choose your account type first then, select the dealer advertising package that meets your needs.
Premium Connect ads show up at the top of the map and are the first ad that buyers from your area see. The Premium Connect option includes a Trusted Seller account that cuts your enhancement and after sale fees in half. When you select Premium Connect, you are automatically upgraded to a Trusted Seller Account. The cost is $199/month.
Local Connect puts your ad under the map where you appear with other dealers in your area. You can add it to your Basic Seller or Trusted Seller account so that the fees associated with the account stay the same. The monthly cost is $99 to add Customer Connect to your account. That means for a Basic Seller account with Customer Connect the cost is $99 and for a Trusted Seller account plus Customer Connect the cost is $149.90/mo ($49.95 + $99.95).
48 Hour Guns
All Customer Connect packages include 48 Hour Gun Distributor feeds. The Partner Connect restricts the distributor feeds to that manufacturer’s items. If you select the Local Connect, Premium Connect or Platinum Access you have full access to all of the items on the distributor feeds.
What's 48 Hour Guns and How Does it Work?
It’s impossible for every dealer to carry every model of every gun, no matter how big of a store you may have and no matter how much of a demand there may be for an item. That's where 48 Hour Guns comes in. Think of 48 Hour Guns as “special order” items. 48 Hour Guns will allow you, the seller, to offer items for sale on GunsAmerica even if you don't have that item in stock or ever plan to.
The best part is you don't even have to create a listing, type text description, or upload images. You simply select which category of items you want to offer from a manufacturer, and allow orders to come in.
To utilize 48 Hour Guns to advertise and sell items you must have a current FFL and a “brick and mortar” store. That means just having an FFL and selling firearms from your home won't cut it, sorry. You must have a real storefront.
You also need to be on a distributor approved FFL dealer list before you can offer any item from that distributor. You can find out if you qualify by visiting the sign-up page from one of our distributors. We currently offer distributor feeds from Bill Hicks & Co, Davidson’s, Lipsey’s, RSR and Sports South. You must have a pre-established account with the distributor before you can start accepting and placing orders for your buyers.
Special Notes and Policies About 48 Hour Gun Ads
Orders are not automatically placed and drop shipped to your store from the distributor. Once an order is placed, you receive an email with distributor pricing and availability information. It is then up to you to fulfill the order for the buyer by placing the order through the distributor of your choice.
48 Hour Guns are only displayed to local buyers, and therefore, there are no after-sale fees associated with 48 Hour Guns sales. All local sales are free.
Must be a stocking dealer with a store enrolled in a Customer Connect package.
Must have a pre-existing account with our partnered distributors to place orders.
GunsAmerica reserves the right to terminate the membership of any member that violates policies - there is NO REFUNDS if this happens.
You may NOT post distributor inventory as regular listings.
Becoming a member, using our services, or creating a listing means you agree to our fees, policies, and TOS.
Accept Credit Card Payments Online Using Live Checkout
Allowing buyers to pay online for orders is the number 1 way to increase sales online. You can enable Live Checkout for free on your account and allow buyers to pay online and accept orders 24/7. The setup process is painless and there are little upfront costs. In order to accept online payments, you need to have a gateway account and a merchant provider.
Accepted gateway providers: Authorize.net, eProcessing Network, Fast Charge, Durango, FluidPay, FortisPay
Accepting payments online makes enhances your image and makes buyers more feel more secure buying from you. Many buyers prefer to buy from a seller who accepts credit cards than one who doesn’t. Buyers commit to purchase the item immediately and it is a secure transaction. Plus, you don’t have to wait for a payment to arrive so you can turn your inventory faster.
Live Checkout saves you time and increases sales. As soon as a buyer submits an order with their credit card, the charge is waiting for your approval. With one click of a button, the order is complete and the funds are in your gateway account. If a buyer is ineligible to purchase an item, you can simply reject the charge and order without penalty.